Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Traditional South African Potato Pudding Recipe

Traditional South African Potato Pudding Recipe

Traditional South African Potato Pudding Recipe photo by onnola
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South African recipe for potato pudding tastes amazing when finished. Make and share this sweet traditional South African potato pudding dessert recipe today.

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Traditional South African Potato Pudding Recipe

Ingredients

3 high-starch potatoes such as Russets peeled and diced

4 large eggs

¾ cup sugar

1 cup whole milk

½ cup butter

1 teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

 
Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 1 1/2-quart baking dish.
In a large pot boil the potatoes, then mash. Add milk, butter, sugar and spices. In a separate bowl whisk eggs and add 1 tablespoon of potato mixture, whisk again then add eggs to potato mixture. Transfer to the baking dish, bake until light brown about 35 minutes.

Traditional South African Potato Pudding Recipe photo by onnola

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Epic Gas Shortage in Nigeria

Incumbent Nigerian President Buhari faces a major fuel crisis as he prepares to take office.


Major fuel crisis in Nigeria 2015The companies that import fuel say they haven't been paid by the Nigerian government. Nigeria is about to install a new president on Friday May 29th, in March 2015, former military leader Muhammadu Buhari defeated incumbent Goodluck Jonathan. Buhari’s All Progressives Congress accused outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan of sabotaging the new administration by creating a fuel shortage.  Major fuel marketing companies allege they’re still owed $1 billion in outstanding payments by the outgoing government of President Goodluck Jonathan. Nigeria does not have the capacity to refine enough of its own oil to meet the needs of its nearly 150.5 people.

“Never in the history of our country has any government handed over to another a more distressed country. No electricity, no fuel, workers are on strike, billions are owed to state and federal workers, $60 billion are owed in national debt, and the economy is virtually grounded,” APC spokesman Lai Mohammed, said in a statement Sunday. “The whole scenario reeks of sabotage.”


Nigerian President Buhari Nigeria is Africa’s second largest economy and one of Africa's largest oil producers however, Nigeria depends on fuel imports to meet more than 70 percent of its domestic needs and pays importers to guarantee cheaper local prices. The fuel crisis in Nigeria has grounded airplanes, shut down banks and threatens businesses. South Africa-based multinational mobile telecommunications company, MTN is Africa’s biggest mobile phone company with 61 million customers in Nigeria. MTN stated its running low on fuel reserves and its phone network will be significantly degraded if it doesn’t receive fuel supplies. Fuel in Nigeria is used not just to run cars and transport for goods and services, but also to power generators for homes and businesses; most Nigerians get only a few hours of electricity a day. Nigerians are no strangers to fuel shortages; the country went through similar fuel shortages in 2012.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Seafood Green Banana Chutney

Seafood Green Banana Chutney

Seafood Green Banana Chutney
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Chutney is made from a variety of herbs, fruits, vegetables and spices and is part of  Southern African food culture. Green bananas are grown and used all over the African continent; seafood green banana chutney is a unique popular recipe.

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Seafood Green Banana Chutney

Ingredients
2 large green bananas
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup sugar
½ cup grated coconut
6 dates, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 large tomato, chopped
2 scallions, finely chopped
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup water

Directions

Chop green bananas, add all ingredients together, stir well and simmer 15 minutes, stirring constantly. Slowly pour chutney into canning jars, cool on counter top. Perfect on seafood.

Seafood Green Banana Chutney


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Burundi Elections History of Fragile Peace

Many Hutu and Tutsi Burundians are refugees in neighboring countries due to Burundi's Presidential elections protests and demonstrations, coups and fear of another civil war.



Hundreds of thousands of people of Burundi are internally displaced Burundi is located in Central Africa east of Democratic Republic of the Congo and Lake Tanganyika, south of Rwanda, and west and south of Tanzania. In 1959 Tutsi refugees from Rwanda migrate into Ruanda-Urundi however in 1962 Urundi is separated from Ruanda-Urundi and becomes independent kingdom of Burundi. From 1963 to 1994 Tutsis to fled to Burundi due to some of the worst atrocities and lingering resentments leading to massacres of Tutsis throughout Rwanda. By the end of the 1980's some 480,000 Rwandans had become refugees, primarily in Burundi, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania. 

On April 6, 1994, the deaths of the Presidents of Burundi and Rwanda in a plane crash caused by a rocket attack, ignited 100 days of extreme and systematic massacres. The Rwandan genocides, led by the Hutu majority left in its wake at least 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus dead during a 100-day period between April and June 1994. The Rwandan government began the genocide trials at the end of 1996 and continues to this day.
Traveling in Gitega, Burundi photo by Dave ProfferBurundi's first democratically elected president Melchior Ndadaye Frodebu was assassinated in October 1993 after only 100 days in office, triggering widespread ethnic violence between Hutu and Tutsi factions. More than a million Hutu, Tutsi and Burundians perished during the conflict that spanned over 30 years in Burundi. Hundreds of thousands of Burundians were internally displaced or became refugees in neighboring countries. In 2000 the Burundian Government and three Tutsi groups signed a ceasefire agreement, but two main Hutu groups refuse to acknowledge the agreement. In 2004, United Nations forces take over peacekeeping duties from African Union troops.


In 2005 the 12 year civil war officially ended and a new Burundi constitution was instated electing a majority Hutu government. President Pierre Nkurunziza, who was reelected in 2010 and is running for a controversial third term on June 26, 2015 stands firm on his decision amid protests, demonstrations, coups and thousands of people fleeing  Burundi for fear of a second civil war.

The ethnic groups in Burundi are Hutu 85%, Tutsi 14%, and Twa and other 1%.The majority of Burundi’s 10.5 million people are Hutu, who are traditionally farmers. The Tutsi historically controlled the army and the economy. The ethnic groups in Burundi are Hutu 85 percent, Tutsi 14 percent, and Twa and other 1 percent.

Over 45 percent of the population is under the age of 14, the median age is 17; Burundi is the 2nd poorest country in the world and around 81 percent live below the poverty line. The main cash crop of Burundi is coffee, which accounts for over 80 percent of exports.

At about 206 persons per sq. km, Burundi has the 2nd largest population density in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly 70 percent of Burundi’s population lives in its capital city Bujumbura, Tutsis generally occupied the higher strata in the social system and the Hutus the lower. Thousands of Burundian refugees at various times have crossed into Rwanda, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Chadian Steamed Honey Cassava Buns

Chadian Steamed Honey Cassava Buns

Chadian Steamed Honey Cassava Buns
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Chadian steamed honey cassava bun recipe has as many variations as to the fillings and the preparations. Our recipe offers a tasty filling of sweet honey to compliment the delicate soft steamed buns.

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Ingredients

2 cups cassava flour

½ cup water

¼ cup honey

½ teaspoon salt

Honey for drizzling

 
Directions
Mix together cassava flour, water and salt. Knead until dough is formed then divide into 10 equal balls. Using your thumb make a deep indication in the center of each ball, fill with honey and smooth the dough back over the filling. Place squares of parchment paper under each ball so the dough does not stick to the steamer, steam in a bamboo steamer for 25 minutes. Drizzle with honey and serve warm as a snack, appetizer or with meals.

Chadian Steamed Honey Cassava Buns

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Prosecuting Criminals for the 1994 Rwandan Genocide

International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda was established by the United Nations Security Council to prosecute those responsible for the 1994 Rwandan genocide.


Rwanda Genocide Memorial one of six mass graves.Since its inception, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda or ICTR indicted 93 individuals for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in Rwanda 1994. In 1959 Tutsi refugees from Rwanda migrate into Ruanda-Urundi however in 1962 Urundi is separated from Ruanda-Urundi and becomes independent kingdom of Burundi. From 1963 to 1994 Tutsis to fled to Burundi due to some of the worst atrocities and lingering resentments leading to massacres of Tutsis throughout Rwanda. Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager in Kigali Rwanda housed Tutsi refugees during their fight against the Hutu militia during a 100-day period between April and June 1994 in Rwanda. The Rwandan genocides, led by the Hutu majority to control Rwanda left in its wake at least 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus dead.

The ICTR has six cases still waiting for trial including Bernard Munyagishari, a former Interahamwe and National Republican Movement for Democracy and Development Hutu militia leader. He was arrested as being the Rwandan genocide mastermind. Munyagishari was arrested in May 2011 in Kachanga, North Kivu of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as of May 2015 the trial has not begun in Rwanda.

According to ICTR, of the 90 persons indicted, 9 remain at large with a 5 million dollar reward. Félicien Kabuga, Protais Mpiranya, Augustin Bizimana, Fulgence Kayishema, Charles Sikubwabo (no photo), Ladislas Ntaganzwa, Aloys Ndimbati, Ryandikayo (no photo), and Phénéas Munyarugarama.

Wanted for Rwandan 1994 Genocide

Email: UNMICTTRACKING@UN.ORG

Tel.: +250 78830 1539 / +250 78830 1543 / +250 78830 2627

The ICTR concluded proceedings for 78 accused of the 1994 Rwandan genocide including 4 transferred to other jurisdictions:

32 - Transferred to a State to serve sentence

7 - Waiting transfer to a State to serve their sentence

14 - Have served their sentence

3 - Died before or while serving their sentence

14 - Acquitted and released

2 - Indictments withdrawn

2 - Died before judgement

4 - Transferred to other jurisdictions: Rwanda (2) and France (2)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

African Folktale: How the moon and the stars came to be


How the moon and the stars came to be
 
African Folktale: How the moon and the stars came to be by pounding rice photo by Willem Heerbaart
One day in the times when the sky was close to the ground a young woman went out to pound rice. Before she began her work, she took off her beads from around her neck and a comb from her hair, and hung them on the sky.

Then she began working, and each time that she raised her pestle into the air, it struck the sky. For some time she pounded the rice, and then she raised the pestle so high that it struck the sky very hard.

Immediately the sky began to rise and it went up so far that she lost her comb and beads. Never did they come down, for the comb became the moon and the beads are the stars that are scattered about the sky.

Monday, May 18, 2015

African Immigrants are a Lucrative Business

African illegal immigrants are a lucrative business bringing billions of dollars to governments, business and individuals. In April 2015, Rwandan President Paul Kagame confirmed a multimillion dollar deal with Israel to host its Eritrean and Sudanese African illegal immigrants.



About 60,000 people are estimated to have tried to cross the Mediterranean this year, fleeing conflict and poverty. Since the 2011 uprising, Libya has been without a stable government, and the chaos has allowed trafficking networks to thrive. Ikenna Azuike hosts What’s Up Africa a show produced by RNWNearly 50,000 Eritrean and Sudanese asylum-seekers are in Israel, video blog satirist Ikenna Azuike humorously points out the irony that huge amounts of money are being made from their plight and not just from people traffickers.



More than 1,800 people are feared to have died crossing the Mediterranean in 2015 so far - a 20-fold increase on the same period in 2014.  Italy received more than 170,000 of the 2014 arrivals, large numbers of which were from Syria and Eritrea. 

African illegal immigrants are a lucrative businessEgypt's ambassador to the United Kingdom warned of boats full of terrorists if the international community does not act, while the Italian government has expressed fears of militants infiltrating the boats, while emphasizing that the boats are a humanitarian crisis. However, experts have cautioned that it is difficult to verify the threat without evidence.

Israel is set to deport Eritrean and Sudanese asylum-seekers estimated to be over 50,000 to countries in Africa including Rwanda and Uganda under a new policy which has been greatly criticized by human rights defenders. Rwandan President Paul Kagame said that Israel planned to return the immigrants to their countries of origin but some refused citing danger to their lives.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Funny African Proverbs That Will Put a Smile on Your Face

African proverbs are wise and levelheaded sayings and some are very funny putting a smile on your face.



A warthog eating its fill does not delight a pig. – Mozambique Proverb
Smiling Shinyanga Tanzanian woman photo by David Dennis



The one who suffers from diarrhea is the one that fights with the door at night.  – Zambian Proverb


You should never spit in your own well, you might come back for a drink. - Igbo Proverb

Maasai villagers in traditional clothing and jewelry in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania photo by William Warby

The mosquito that perches on the scrotum must be chased away with caution.  - African Proverb


A blind man already has his foot on the stone he threatens to throw at you. - African Proverb

Friday, May 15, 2015

Sweet African Spinach Smoothie

African spinach grows throughout sub-Saharan Africa, in Southern Africa it's known as Imfino, the Congo as Fumbwa and as Morogo in various other African countries.  


Sweet African Spinach Smoothie Recipe

Sweet African Spinach Smoothie Recipe
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Sweet African Spinach Smoothie recipe mixes wild African spinach with sweet fruits to create a healthy delicious green smoothie. 

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Ingredients
2 handfuls of wild African spinach or common spinach
1 very ripe banana
1 cup mango juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 small piece fresh ginger
10 ice cubes

Directions

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. You can add 2 tablespoons of low-fat yogurt to the recipe if desired.

Sweet African Spinach Smoothie Recipe



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